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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Does Ohio have a state exam that a candidate must pass for licensure?
    No. For a veterinary license, a candidate must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). For a veterinary technician registration, a candidate must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

  2. Are foreign veterinary graduates eligible for licensure in Ohio prior to receiving ECFVG or PAVE certification?
    No. A foreign graduate must complete steps 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the ECFVG or PAVE program to become licensed.

  3. Can a foreign graduate work as a registered veterinary technician?

  4. Who do I contact to transfer my national test scores?
    The Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA):

  5. Who can apply for a Veterinary License by Reciprocity?
    A candidate who currently holds a valid unencumbered license in another state.

  6. What is a Letter of Good Standing?
    A letter that is produced by a State Veterinary Licensing Board stating whether any disciplinary action was ever taken on your current or expired veterinary license in that state and the status of that license (active/expired/suspended/etc.). A letter of good standing is required from each and every state that you have ever been licensed.

  7. How can I request a Letter of Good Standing from the Ohio Board?
    You can send us a fax or email include your name and address of the State Board where the form needs to be mailed. The Ohio Board does not charge a fee for this service. Email: Fax: 1-614-644-9038

  8. Is a candidate eligible to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in Ohio by working under a veterinarian for a specific period of time?
    No. To become a Registered Veterinary Technician, a candidate must have a degree in Animal Health Technology from and approved accredited school and meet all requirements by the Ohio Board.

  9. If I have a felony, can I still get a license?
    A question that the Board staff routinely receives revolves around the same issue: What misdemeanors or felonies will disallow an applicant from receiving a license or registration? The answer is generally that the Board is sympathetic to their plight, however the Board staff cannot provide a firm answer. A misdemeanor or felony conviction does not automatically disqualify an applicant from obtaining a license. Please note, however, that a felony conviction involving physical violence or drugs will be reviewed more carefully by the Board members.
    At the time that the applicant submits their application for licensure or registration, the Board will review the circumstances surrounding the conviction and any other mitigating factors as determined by the Board members sitting on the Board. The Board members serve for three year periods and those terms are staggered. Therefore, the Board may have different members serving each year. Those members may have different views than the ones serving today. As a result, the Board cannot comment on what a Board will decide regarding the application submitted for license or registration in the future.
    In some circumstances, the Board may license an individual, but enter into a Consent Agreement where they would place practice restrictions on the individual for a probationary period. It is always best to be truthful with the Board and provide as much information that might be helpful to the Board in making an informed decision.


  1. How often do licenses or registrations have to be renewed?
    On a biennial basis. Veterinarians must renew by March 1st in even numbered years. Technicians must renew by March 1st in odd numbered years.

  2. What is the grace period for renewal after March 1st?
    None. The license or registration expires on March 1st, practicing after that expiration constitutes "practicing with an expired license", which is a violation of Revised Code Section 4741.19.

  3. Are Continuing Education hours required for a first renewal?

  4. Can an expired license always be brought current by renewal?
    No. Once a license or registration has been expired for four years, it becomes null and void. A new application would need to be submitted with all of the required documents and a new license would be
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